Strawberry CV (continued...)
Clearly it would seem he has been asked the question before. "Nothing exciting," he laughed. "I raced in TKM in ’96 and Mike Mulhearn at Kartsport (now the track manager at P F International) made the Boxer karts, which was probably one of the best products in TKM at the time. So when I decided to get a Boxer, I found you could have the chassis in colours aqua, black or navy blue. I wanted a red one with gold anodised bits, including red pods, red suit, red gloves, red boots, instead of a black kart with red bits. Mike agreed to build me this kart. When he finished it and saw me on the grid he said that I looked like a strawberry. Everybody in the pits started laughing, ending up calling me ‘Strawbs’. At that years TV Masters I had some ‘T’-shirts made with ‘Strawberry Racing’ on and the name stuck.
So, a first class team, operating from a first class industrial unit, with top seeded drivers’, plus a magnificent transporter, (registration HOW 6OOD), which would look comfortably at home in "Bernie’s F1 circus." The investment needed to do this? "A lot!" was Paul’s response, with a coy smile. "For sure I could have done this at a smaller level and made the decision not to carry as much stock, not owning my own premises, and having a smaller team with a small truck. But, we are talking Tonykart here I feel that it is imperative to have a professional image. Having a first class product and the necessary back-up helps.
Who knows what the future holds? Our aim is to continue to invest in Karting by bringing good quality products to the market place and taking drivers from many different backgrounds and helping them to achieve the best they possibly can. The most important thing for us is to keep people interested in the sport and to do this it must be FUN. There is no prize money in karting so the kids do it for the thrill of competition and there has to be a big enjoyment factor. Have you ever tried to get a 13 year old out of bed at 7am on a freezing cold, wet Saturday morning to drive 200 miles to a track to sit in the kart for roughly 1 hour only!! Boy do they have to be dedicated…… and so are we.
Karting is not just our business…it’s our passion.
As well as using our website as a means of contact, queries can also be directed to:
c/o Strawberry Racing
24C Orgreave Crescent
Sheffield S13 9NQ
Telephone: 0114 288 9933
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